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house reporter, glenn thrush. a tale of two messages, the romney campaign is pushing the theory that they're in the lead, down the stretch. with an e-mail this morning read, we're feeling the momentum. the president is playing like he's behind and fighting for every vote. after a red eye flight from l.a. the president was up early for a rally in tampa and delivered doughnuts to firefighters by 7:30 this morning. obama the underdog versus romney the ascent dant is the dominant narrative on the trail. >> patrol this in my voice is getting hoarse. have to keep on keeping on. >> we're going to win november 6th. >> we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. >> we've had a number of debates lately. you know they have really propelled our campaign. >> i believe in you. i need you to keep believing in me. >> the obama campaign is slipping. and shrinking. >> we always knew this was going to be a close race from the start. folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there's no way i would win. >> if i'm elected -- no, when i'm elected -- >> i've come to ask you for yo
what everyone expected him to do two weeks ago, bring up mitt romney's 47% comments. that secret video has been romney's biggest gaffe and he spent the week since trying to show he cares about all americans including the poor and working past. this past saturday congressman paul ryan attempted to further that message making a stop at a soup kitchen in ohio, offering to help clean dishes. while ryan logged in a total of 15 minutes at the kitchen he did manage to wash some pans and made sure to note his own had history on kp. >> you know i've [ inaudible ] washing dishes. you get callouss on your fingers it's so hot. >> the photo opt looked like campaign gold to everyone but the people who actually work at the soup kitchen. the president of the charity brine antall told "the washington post" yesterday, quote, they showed up there and they did not have permission. they got one of the volunteers to open up the doors. perhaps more importantly, the dining hall was empty and reportedly everything had been cleaned earlier that day. said antall the photo op they did not was no the accurate. he
lindgren. six months, 12 days after governor romney senior adviser forecasted this -- >> hit a reset button for the fall campaign. everything changes. it's like an etch a sketch. you can shake it up and we start all over again. >> the magical erasure has finally begun. a new mitt romney took the stage last night, confident, polished and apparently possessed of entirely different policies. exhibit a, the 20% across the board tax cut that is estimated to cost taxpayers $4.8 trillion. >> governor romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of the extension of the bush tax cuts. >> first, i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. i don't have a tax cut of the scale that you're talking. no economist can say mitt romney's tax plan adds 5 trillion. about i say i will not add to the deficit with my tax plan. >> romney never actually said there would be a 20% tax cut? >> i'm going to lower rates across the board for all americans by 20%. i want a 20% across the board reduction in taxes. the individual marginal tax rate 20% across the board. the top rate, for instance, would go fr
it an act of terror. >> this morning, team romney saw the damage like ringside cutmen rushing in with water and ice his coaches tried to mitigate the wounds. >> it was a passing comment about acts of terror in general. it was not a claim that this was the result of a terrorist attack. >> this president has been totally inconsistent if not dishonest about what happened in libya. this is the united states of america. and for our state department to be saying one thing, the white house to be saying another, i mean it's like an episode of the keystone cops with these guys. >> just to clarify, who are the keystone cops here? if romney land is feeling bruised the tale of the tape last night was a t.k.o. the president won painting romney as an out of touch plutocrat, calling romney out for paying 14% in taxes, letting detroit go bankrupt and pushing a sketchy budget on the american public. he saved his blow for the most powerful of the night. >> i think the president's campaign has tried to characterize me as someone who's different than who i am. i care about 100% of the american people. >> when
on the chin, governor romney tried an upper cut and whiffed. >> you said in the rose garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration is that what you're saying? >> please proceed, governor. >> i want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in benghazi an act of terror. >> get the transcript. >> he did in fact, sir. let me call it an act of terror. >> can you say that a little louder, candy? >> he did call it an act of terror. >> this morning, team romney saw the damage like ringside cutmen rushing in with water and ice his coaches tried to mitigate the wounds. >> it was a passing comment about acts of terror in general. it was not a claim that this was the result of a terrorist attack. >> this president has been totally inconsistent if not dishonest about what happened in libya. this is the united states of america. and for our state department to be saying one thing, the white house to be saying another, i mean it's like an episode of the keystone cops with these guys. >> jus
for the romney campaign, his praise of the commander in chief storm response has been oversized and unsensored, downright christy-en. this display of bipartisan has created confusion on both sides of the aisle. in today's "new york times" maureen dowd writes that, quote -- white house officials seem a bit flummoxed by christie's bear hug. they speculate christie who always puts chris fi first has decided it's better for his presidential ambitions to be a maverick blue state governor with a democratic chief executive exiting in 2016 than to have president romney and tea party republicans in congress pulling him to the extreme right for the next eight years. christie for his part shrugged off the notion of political calculus in an interview last flight. >> the president does things that deserve praise, i will give him praise. and when the president does things that deserves scorn i'll give him scorn. when someone asks me an honest question i give an honest answer. how has the president been to deal with? he's been outstanding to deal with on this and i look forward to see him tomorrow. >> mitt r
, romney boiled down the president's foreign policy to one of hope. >> i know the president hoped for a more prosperous middle east aligned with us. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. we can't support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when words rbt backed up by deeds. when defense spending the being cut. when we have no trade agenda to speak of and our strategy isn't one of partnership but of passive ti. >> on actual foreign policy his specifics were thin amounting to deepening critical cooperation and reaffirming historic ties. susan glasser, your overall assessment of mitt romney? there was no shortage of criticism for the president. what did you make of the prescriptions romney was laying out? >> thanks, alex. you made an important point to say this isn't necessarily a fully formed recipe for what a rom uh any administration would look like. he's seeking to gain a campaign advantage over president obama rather than outline a fully formed foreign policy. i think you didn't see that today. in fact, in many ways it's still not clear whether there i
romney appeared to walk back nearly every foreign policy position he's ever taken and instead, make nice with president obama. right out of the gate moderator bob schieffer teed up a question on perhaps the biggest vulnerability the handling of the attack in benghazi. instead of continuing the criticism romney has kept up since the first 24 hours of the incident he pivoted to mali. >> we see in libya an attack, apparently by i had think we know now by terrorists of some kind against our people there, four people dead, our hearts and minds goes to them. mali has been taken over by al qae qaeda-type videos. >> the pattern would continue on nearly every major issue romney stood with the president. >> we're going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. i congratulate him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda. would you have stuck with mubarak? >> no. i believe as the president indicated and said at the time i supported his action there. >> i don't want to have our military involved in syria. >> what you heard governor romney said
,000. >> the latest headache for romney is the nonpartisan tax policy center has done the math on each of romney's scenarios capping deductions at 17,000, 50,000. they say it doesn't add up. 50,000 cap results in $760 billion of revenue while $25,000 cap would net 1.3 trillion. how about a 17,000 limit? that would raise $1.7 trillion. but here is the key takeaway. eliminating all, repeat, all deductions. good-bye home mortgage deduction, good-bye charitable tax giving credit. would only result in $2 trillion worth of revenue leaving mitt romney and his tax plan $3 trillion in the hole. but what would the tax policy center know? they're just a bunch of economists. >> there's no economist can say mitt romney's tax plan adds 5 trillion if i say i will not add to the deficit with my tax plan. >> should we be surprised at the fuzzy math? perhaps not. governor romney began his race for the white house in 2011 saying he wouldn't touch income tax rates at all. according to his website at time, mitt romney believes in holding the line against increases in marginal tax rates. no mention of cutting them at
richard wolffe. mitt romney has been coming under hear fire for the lack of specifics in his tax plan. why? because we've never seen anything like it. >> my plan is not like anything that's been tried before. >> indeed. we haven't seen anything like it because we we really haven't seen it at all. with the election only 19 days awa awa away the romney-ryan tickets struggle to explain the plan. >> the math doesn't add up. >> it does. >> where are the specifics of how you get to this math? isn't that an issue? >> well, the specifics are these, which is those principles i described are the heart of my policy. >> if you cut those tax rates for everybody 20%, it costs $5 trillion over ten years, true? >> not in the least bit true. >> how much would it cost? >> revenue neutral. >> you haven't given me the math. >> i don't have the time. it would take me too long to go through all of the math. >> if somehow the numbers don't add up, would you be willing to look again at a 20% -- >> of course they add up. i -- i was -- i was someone who ran businesses for 25 years. >> you don't go to cong
in governor romney's plan to end the week on top. how is the republican nominee reacting spinning away saying quote -- >> but other obama critics, perhaps furious that good economic news might derail the romney swagger, instead they opted for conspiracy theories regarding the satitions behind the unemployment numbers. former chairman and ceo of ge jack welch tweeted -- welch was backed in his theorizing by master of the outlandish alan west who wrote -- this is orwellian to say the least and representative of saul au lin ski tactics from the book rules for radicals" a must read for all who want to know how the left strategize. what's that you say, a strengthening work force and recovering economy or wellien indeed. >> they want to slow the economy before the election and if you don't believe that -- >> that was a year and a half ago. >> i have a bridge i want to sell you in oakland. that's what the republicans and obstructionists in congress is about. >> joining us is cnbc's amman jabbers. you're the man with the answers. mitt romney is walking on stage and we'll have to go to him shortly but
people are talking about it as simply for the base to energize the base. mitt romney is no longer running for the republican nomination, he's trying to win a general election. the things that might energize the base, that help to undermine the credibility of his effort with the mainstream media, if i may use that phrase, i think just aren't helping him out. that was a wasted day and lost yesterday after tie org wying og news psy cycles in a row. whoever was doing that on his behalf, ridiculous. >> the nipping at the heels, we've talked about the offense versus defense. mitt romney was maybe getting back on his feet a little bit and then this comes along and not only is it not an effective tool, it's sort of -- in some ways, makes romney look like a chump, the fact that his own party thinks this is what they need to do. >> well, they need to be -- to win the election it's pretty clear. the president's advisors would tell you they need to be talking about the economy. they went after joe biden for his gaffe on saying the middle class has done poorly under the president, but i think, again,
remain nearly impossible. just as mitt romney's staff wiped their hard drives after leaving the massachusetts's governor's office romney has done the saipe thing to his running mate's motherboard, reset to factory settings. this was the original model -- >> specifically, on spending, our budget spends $4.8 trillion less than the majority's budget. today we would have to set aside $56 trillion invested at treasury rates to make sure the programs are solvent. we're going to start bit cutting $6.2 trillion in spending. >> but at a product demo august 11 th rhine version 2.0 was foud to be significantly altered. >> he's the next vice president of the united states. >> look right here. >> just three days later, paul ryan suddenly had fewer numbers and fewer answers. >> the budget plan that you're now supporting would get to balance when? >> well, there are different -- the budget plan that mitt romney is supporting gets us down to 20% of gdp government spending by 2016. >> i get that but what about balance? >> i don't know exactly when it balances because we haven't -- i only --
romney and barack obama are holed up in last-minute debate prep for tomorrow night's main event. speaking to a volunteer nevada yaeds, president obama made it sound like a college cram session minus the no doze and pizza. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> governor romney, however, may have twice the work load. he'll have two opponents on stage tomorrow, president obama and himself. eugene robinson write in "the washington post" -- it prompts to be an epic clash. mitt romney versus mitt romney. oh. and president obama will be there too. this conundrum of what we'll call the paradox of the mittens, dates back to 1994 when senator ted kennedy dropped this debate heat rock. >> on the question of the choice issue, i have supported the row v raid wade, i am pro choice, my opponent is multiple choice. >> so which bubble will the multiple choice candidate fill in on tomorrow night's test? which mitt will triumph on stage. even members of the conservative establishment aren't sure. bill o'reilly conceded mitt romney is a mystery
. >> ladies, i do apologize for your hair dos getting messed up. >> then mitt romney has his game on. addressing a crowd of screaming virginia voters yesterday, amidst a downpour. >> people wonder why it is i'm so confidence we're going to win. i'm confident because i see you here on a day like this, this is unbelievable. thank you so much. >> he does have a rain coat on. what of the storm within the romney ranks. according to politico a shakeup in the romney campaign has created a stronger weather mitt. the candidate's family prevailed on mitt romney and the campaign operation to shake things up dramatically according to campaign insiders. the family pushed for a new message, putting an emphasis on a softer and more moderate image for the gop nominee. now nearly a week after america first witnessed the onstage etch a sketch the campaign is moving on to phase two, pretending it never happened. >> it seems pretty clear that their new strategy is basically call us liars. >> these attacks calling mitt romney a liar, that's not an elevated debate. just calling people a liar is not i thin
>>> taxes, education, reproductive rights when you're mitt romney what's wrong with a little change of heart? it's wednesday, october 10th, and this is "now." >>> joining me today, msnbc political analyst and georgetown university professor michael eric dyson, the golden throat. the host of msnbc's the cycle steve kornacki, msnbc contributor and queen bee of thegrio.com joy reid and new york times magazine editor mr. sunday morning himself, hugo lingren. there are 27 days to the election, meaning we still have time for 27 new and exciting policy shifts from governor mitt romney. and who better than the country's explainer in chief to outline the paradox of the mittens. >> i had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did. i mean, i thought -- i thought wow. here's old moderate mitt. where you been, boy? i missed you all these last two years. >> call it the merry go mitt. governor romney has completed a full 360-degree rotation, changing his views so many times on -- so many times on some of his core beliefs that he's right back to where he started decades ago.
. >> shockingly, senior white house adviser david plouffe had the same feelings about governor mitt romney. >> we'd expect it all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history and shown himself to be a good debater through the years. >> even the candidates were tamping down expectations yesterday. >> i don't think anyone would suggest the debates aren't important. i can't tell you how important it will be. i don't know what will happen at the debates. >> governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> the soft performance has gotten so soft it's almost evaporated. but while almost everyone seems to be muting enthusiasm in trying to undersell new jersey governor chris christie is taking a different tack. overselling with gusto. >> come thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change. we have a candidate that is going to do extraordinarily well on wednesday night. when we get to thursday morning george, you're going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand new race with 33 days to go. >> governor christie right in
's not the only place where governor romney's offering you a sketchy deal. it's bad enough my opponent wants to take us back to the failed economic policies of the past. when it comes to issues critical to women, the right to make your own decision about your health, ir the right to be treated fairly and equally in the work place -- >> that was president obama speaking in fairfax, virginia, making his gas caste to the ladies. this is friday, october 19th, and this is "now." >> joining me today, jonathan chait of new york magazine, co-host of squawk box andrew ross sorkin of the "new york times" host of the eupon muss weekend show "msnbc's melissa harris perry of" melissa hey ris perry show and the always busy ben smith. for a few hours last night the ruthless bitter campaign was on ice. two nights after this -- >> not true, governor romney. >> how much did you cut them? >> there were a bunch of oil company -- >> i had a question and the question was how much you'll get them by. you'll get your chance in a moment and i'm still speaking. >> there was this. >> a campaign can require a lot of wa
states. governor romney has a packed campaign schedule holding an event in ohio and stumping in iowa and wisconsin later today. meanwhile, president obama is in a holding pattern, kangs ling events in ohio and florida to return to washington and monitor the storm. the white house canceled the president's trip to wisconsin scheduled for tomorrow. but while voters won't see him on the trail they will see him in the role of commander in chief including later this hour when he delivers a statement on the hurricane from the white house. and perhaps voters will be wondering how a president romney might handle the very same situation. one indication comes from a primary debate in june of last year, when governor romney made the case for shutting down fema and passing the responsibility on to the states. >> fema is about to run out of money and some people say do it on a case-by-case basis and some who say maybe we're learning a lesson here the states should take on more of this role. >> absolutely. every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it bac
romney is trying to give you a sketchy deal. a sketchy deal. and it's really just a one-point plan, not a five-point plan. one point -- folks at the very top, play by a different set of rules than all of you. if -- listen -- don't boo, vote. if had he offered you that deal when he was in corporate finance, you wouldn't give him a dime. why would you give him your vote? this same philosophy that's been squeezing the middle class family for more than a decade, the same philosophy that got us into this mess, we can't go back to that. i've met too many good americans who worked so hard, show so much resilience, so much resolve. we have been fighting our way back from some of the same policies he's advocating we have been there, we have tried it. we can't go back. we are moving forward. that's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. now i believe that the biggest issue in this election is, how do we rebuild a strong middle class and provide ladders for opportunity for all those who want to get in the middle class, willing to work hard, willing to take respon
to what has been romney's central strategy. he is the economic mr. fix-it, and president obama is in over his head. >> we have a president today who doesn't really understand the fundamentals of what makes an american economy go. if i'm president, job one for me will be creating jobs. and if i'm president, i'll go to work every day to make sure our economy comes back. >> perhaps signaling a shift, romneyland has been broadening its message in recent days. >> yesterday i raised some questions about benghazi, and the tragedy that occurred there. >> first they blame a youtube video and a nonexistent riot. >> it's time for us to stand up to china for their cheating. it's got to stop. >> the administration had their eighth chance to label china a currency manipulator. >> meanwhile, the obama campaign is also finding itself in an unexpected place, defending its foreign policy record. senior strategist david axelrod faced a barrage of questions about the benghazi attack including who knew what and when. >> what is the vice president talking about? >> i think the vice president was talking about
president obama and mitt romney tied neck and neck at 47%, making this the first time in history that team romney is excited to actually talk about the 47%. it's monday, october 22nd and this is "now." >>> joining me today, msnbc political analyst and executive editor of msnbc.com, our favorite import from the united kingdom, richard wolffe. and former dnc communications director and msnbc political analyst, the lovely karen finney. all even with one to go. the new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll finds president obama and governor romney are tied among likely voters at 47%. as the two candidates head into their final debate tonight. last month, the president led by five points. at this point in 2004, president bush and senator john kerry were also all tied up. will this election end up favoring the incumbent as it did in 2004? this latest poll shows both candidates have paths to victory. governor romney has made demographic inroads. the president's lead among women is down to the lowest it has been this cycle and governor romney holds a ten-point lead among men. the president's support
romney triz ig to win the election as barack obama in 2008. >> the challenges we face are bigger than the smallness of our politics. >> this is a big choice. this is an election about big things. >> we need a much bolder and much bigger set of solutions. >> given the big challenges we have and the big election we have, it's time for a big change. >> we'll change this country and we will change the world. >> paul ryan and i represent a big change for america. >> we are four days away from bringing change to america. >> on november 7th it's going to start getting better just with the news we've voted for big change. >> the time for change has come. >> there's time for a big change. >> romney's rhetoric isn'ts the only thing that has an odd de va have you quality to it. governor romney will deliver a policy speech? iowa on the economy. according to excerpts he will present a few goals that sound obama-esque. quote -- but in reality, and be off the stump romney's economic policies couldn't be more of a departure from the current administration. phil philip rucker writes in "the washington
surprise. and mitt romney, who we just saw at some campaign event has chosen to continue with his traditional as if nothing else has happened, nothing has changed. i was slightly taken aback by that. i don't know, joy is indicate something agreement. >> it's funny. steve kornacki was saying he thought romney would keep campaigning and the conventional wisdom was that's never going to happen. but i agree with you, martin, hearing him say bring your donation to our victory center and before that still campaigning yesterday, saying people, hey, early vote is still happening. >> an hour ago they were campaigning. >> it was billed by the romney campaign as a storm relief event but happening in ohio, as we have just reported the bulk of the damage is not in ohio, although ohio may be touched by this. i thought, richard, you know, we talked about this being time for a national unity. chris christie yesterday, one of romney's chief surrogates, someone who has been vocal in his support for the former governor of massachusetts, had this to say about the president yesterday. >> yep. >> appre
has used this cycle. >> we moved in help and people refinance their homes, governor romney said no let foreclosures hit the bottom. but it shouldn't be surprising for a guy who says 47% of the american people are unwilling to take responsibility for their lives. my friend recently in a speech in washington said 30% of the american people are takers. these people are my mom and dad, the people i grew up with, my neighbors. they pay more effective tax than governor romney pays in his federal income tax. >> even when biden wasn't on his campaign talking points he was using his very own special brand of biden-ooez to tug the rug out from under paul ryan's feet. >> this is a bunch of stuff. look here's the deal -- >> what does that mean. >> we irish call it mularkey. >> the greatest hope for republicans was a gaffe but biden managed to take his weakness and redirect it towards governor romney. >> romney is a good man, he cares about 100% of americans in this country. with respect to that quote, i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth
and georgetown university professor michael eric dyson. halloween has come early for the romney/ryan ticket. we've already gotten a sneak peek at governor romney's costume. he showed up at monday's debate disguised as a foreign policy moderate. now looks like his running mate will dress up as a champion for the poor. in a few hours congressman ryan wil deliver his first major policy speech of the campaign that will foe tus on poverty and upward mobility. according to excerpts released ryan will say -- what a costume. as a champion for america's underprivileged ryan will likely attempt to hide the fact that 62% of the spending cuts he proposed in his 2013 house budget come from programs that help the poor. according to the center on budget policy priorities and while romney will say that every american should have the ability to rise to escape from poverty his budget would bring the cleaver down on programs that give the disenfranchised a shot including job dwrantss and pell grants. under ryan's plan, pell grants for 1 million students would be eliminated. ryan will say in today's speech that, q
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